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Still not seeing the message. I insert the CD, same messages appear. "You can attempt to repair this file by starting Windows Setup using the original Setup CD-ROM. Restarting the computer brings the same result. I press F2 for Set-up but I see no option for booting.

>>>>EDIT:
Ok, nevermind the above. I went to the Boot Menu and selected the same option that allowed me to use the ISO CD... "Onboard (something) or USB CD-ROM".

This time, selecting---> "To Setup Windows XP press ENTER"

After agreeing with the EULA thing, I am given this:

Windows XP Prof Setup

If one of the following Windows XP installations is damage, Setup can try to repair it.

-To repair the selected Windows XP installation, press R
-To continue installing a fresh copy of Windows XP without repairing, press ESC.

Edited by Midnighter, 14 June 2009 - 10:24 PM.

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I re-read a whole thread....
When you were booting from Recovery CD, did you see a message:
Press any key to boot from CD
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Yes, but only if I go to F12 --> Boot Menu --> [incomplete option thing forgot what it says]USB CD-ROM.

I found out that the Reinstallation CD can repair as well (see edited post above).

Edited by Midnighter, 14 June 2009 - 10:23 PM.

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So when you booted into the Windows Recovery Console, you were not prompted to choose a Windows installation, right?
At the C:> prompt try typing in:
chkdsk /r

Did you reinstall Windows using your recovery CD?
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To edge: I'm at that step at this moment my post from above (#31) shows the options I am currently seeing.
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Oh, I see, you have regular Windows XP CD.
DO NOT press R.
Read here: http://www.geekstogo...ws-XP-t138.html
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BTW, the only installation shown at the bottom of the message above^ is a highlighted:

C:\WINDOWS "Windows XP Media Center Edition

options: F3=Quit R=Repair ESC=Don't Repair


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WAIT! The instructions in the link says I press 'R' in step AFTER the EULA

Edited by Midnighter, 14 June 2009 - 10:35 PM.

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You went two steps too far. Re-read my link.
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I am currently at the third blue screen shown in the link, I assume I press 'R' now? The only other option is to install a fresh copy.

Edited by Midnighter, 14 June 2009 - 10:41 PM.

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Yes sir. You're on a right track now :)
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Ok, it's finished with the setup and is installing Windows, it went past the logo... that's good. But, weird, it now says it's Windows XP Professional. That's alright I guess. I'll keep you posted, but it will take about 30 minutes.

Thank you so much for the help sir, I appreciate you bearing with me this long. :)

I just hope nothing goes wrong...

Edited by Midnighter, 14 June 2009 - 10:59 PM.

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Hey, you're very welcome. What counts is a positive outcome, and I hope that's gonna be the case :)
In 40 minutes, I may be in bed, but post back, how it went.
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Wait, it says:

***Hardware Malfunction
Call your hardare vendor for support

NMI: PArity Check / Memory Parity Error

*** The system has halted.***


Ah... oh no... Okay. I've cut the power and restarted it. Thankfully, it's saying "Set-up is being restarted..." The error happened even before I was asked for the CD-Key.

Edited by Midnighter, 14 June 2009 - 11:07 PM.

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Possible RAM problem, but not in 100% cases: http://www.pcguide.c...parity_Boot.htm
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Okay, it's restarting the whole installation over again, although... the screen is blacking in and out, monitor quality is going.

I got a window saying Windows XP Professional Upgrade:

[other stuff skipped]

Text Input Languages allow you to enter text in many languages... okay Next>

The monitor thing might just be a result from that window thing...

Edited by Midnighter, 14 June 2009 - 11:13 PM.

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